Sri Lanka to Increase Science Scholarships for Qualified Afghan Students: Chairman of University Grants Commission Amaratunge Tells Ambassador Haidari
Colombo: - Following his last month’s fruitful meeting with Minister of Education Professor Gamini Lakshman Peiris, Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari received a courtesy call from Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) Professor Sampath Amaratunge on October 5, 2020. They discussed the Ambassador’s meeting with the Education Minister, who has kindly offered his full support for the implementation of the Afghanistan-Sri Lanka MOU on Education.
Accordingly, UGC Chairman Amaratunge and Ambassador Haidari explored full or partial scholarship opportunities for qualified Afghan students to pursue degree programs in medicine, agriculture and agribusiness, geology, water resources management and irrigation, civil engineering and architecture, as well as business and public administration at Sri Lankan institutions of higher learning. The Chairman generously offered to consider increasing the number of existing scholarships for qualified Afghan students, which the Ambassador greatly appreciated.
“Sri Lanka’s education and technical assistance to Afghanistan would go a long away in helping meet our technical capacity needs, while forging deeper people-to-people ties and friendship between our two nations. I am grateful to His Excellency President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Honorable Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for their continued support of our growing bilateral relations, including their commitment to the implementation of our bilateral Education MOU, as they know from Sri Lanka’s own post-conflict experience the importance of skills development and capacity-building in technical fields,” Ambassador Haidari commented.